As mentioned on our previous post Travelling With Kindle 3G Abroad and Free 3G Wireless Web Browsing, the only 3G usage that is truly free is Kindle Book browsing and downloading; and Wikipedia.org browsing. This post explains how to get the most out of Wikipedia browsing.
It would have been very convenient to have a ‘Wiki-button’ to hit when you come across something in your Kindle book that want to look up on Wikipedia. However, the following method has a few more steps and is perfectly acceptable:
- Highlight the text (Enter, cursor).
- Copy selected text to the "clipboard" (press Space).
- If required, vary the copied text to get the exact term of interest.
Cursor down to your choices (Cancel, Clear, Save & Share, etc.), keep going to the right until you get to Wikipedia, hit Enter.
Prefix “@wiki” the keyword displayed in the search box.
- If the wireless was switched off, you will be prompted to turn it on to enable access to the web.
- When on the Wikipedia site, you may want to enlarged or read in landscape.
- After browsing on Wikipedia, you may want to switch off the wireless to conserve battery power.
(Note, other search commands available as an alternative to @wiki in step 4, are: @help, @web, @store, and @time.)